Rosberg: Mercedes felt on rails in FP2

By on Friday, November 15, 2013
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg says that the Mercedes W04 felt as if was on rails during second practice for the United States Grand Prix.

Rosberg was third quickest at the Circuit of the Americas, behind the Red Bull drivers.

"The car felt like it was on rails and I was very happy with the balance," he said.

"I hope we can give the Red Bulls something to think about this weekend and I will be pushing 100 per cent for another podium. It's really difficult to get it right with the tyres here as the track surface is very smooth and the compounds are very hard. Therefore the tyres are lasting a long time and a lot of people will try to manage only one stop on Sunday."

Lewis Hamilton believes that the option tyre will provide Mercedes with strategic options.

Hamilton was fourth quickest in second practice.

"The circuit was quite green today, which made it pretty slippery out there as we are using the two hardest tyre compounds this weekend," he said.

"After we changed the chassis yesterday, the car felt better to drive, particularly on the long run when it was pretty consistent, so that's a positive for me."

"The option tyre is working well for a long stint, which may open up some possibilities for us with race strategy. It was a pretty straightforward day although we still have some work to do to nail the set-up because it's not quite there yet. But all of us in the team are focused on ending the season on a high and taking that foundation with us into the winter."


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